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Enough is enough: Media release from the Zimbabwe Vigil – Wednesday 13th July 2016 PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 13 July 2016 15:32
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Feelings ran high as Zimbabwean exiles demonstrated outside the Zimbabwe Embassy in London today in support of the two-day #ShutdownZimbabwe called by Pastor Evan Mawarire of the #ThisFlag protest movement.
 
Demonstrators – some draped in the Zimbabwe flag – demanded that charges be dropped against Pastor Mawarire, who was arrested in Harare on Tuesday accused of inciting violence.
 
One poster read: ’36 years of freedom: no free speech, no freedom. Free Evan Mawarire’. Another poster read ‘No more injustice, no more corruption, no more poverty, no more Mugabe’.
 
About 150 people were there to hear a demand that there should be no western aid to prop up the Mugabe regime. The demand was made by Ephraim Tapa of the Zimbabwe Vigil who is also president of ROHR (Restoration of Human Rights in Zimbabwe).
 
Tapa said ‘We say no to money for Mugabe and Zanu PF. We don’t trust them. They will buy more tear gas, more water cannons, more military weapons, more helicopters.
 
‘Any loans from the west must be given only to a legitimate regime or they will not be honoured. We want political reforms, economic reforms. We want Mugabe to go and a transitional authority to organise free and fair elections monitored by the international community’.
 
Tapa called for the release of all those arrested in the ongoing unrest informed by social media such as #ThisFlag, Tajamuka (we have arisen), Occupy Africa Unity Square, Hatichada (enough is enough) and others including Linda Masarire of ROHR and those arrested in Beit Bridge and elsewhere.
 
Among the demonstrators were many women banging pots and pans with sticks ahead of the ‘Beat the pot’ protest to be held on Saturday which will be observed by the Vigil.
 
During the protest which went on for more than two hours, a black Mercedes with the number plate ZIM 1 remained stationary outside the Embassy. Perhaps the Ambassador ‘stayed away’.
 
Photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/zimbabwevigil/albums/72157668143634024 and videos: https://www.facebook.com/www.rohrzimbabwe.org/videos?fref=photo.
 
Tajamuka – we have rebelled: Wednesday 6th July 2016 PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 06 July 2016 13:54
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Exiled Zimbabweans demonstrated in London on Wednesday for the third day in a row as unrest mounted in Zimbabwe. They gathered outside the Zimbabwe Embassy in support of the ‘stay away’ protest’ at home. They found that the building was closed – but cannot say that this was in support of the protest as the Embassy seldom appears to be open, perhaps because the staff are going unpaid.
 
There will be further details in the Vigil diary on Saturday.
 
Tajamuka – we have rebelled: Wednesday 6th July 2016 PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 06 July 2016 13:52
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Exiled Zimbabweans demonstrated in London on Wednesday for the third day in a row as unrest mounted in Zimbabwe. They gathered outside the Zimbabwe Embassy in support of the ‘stay away’ protest’ at home. They found that the building was closed – but cannot say that this was in support of the protest as the Embassy seldom appears to be open, perhaps because the staff are going unpaid.
 
There will be further details in the Vigil diary on Saturday.
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Chinamasa trapped in London – Tuesday 5th July 2016 PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 05 July 2016 21:37
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Zimbabwean demonstrators lay down in the road outside the conference in London addressed by Zimbabwe’s Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa preventing him from leaving for more than an hour.
 
The minister had hoped to escape in an ordinary taxi after his arrival in the ambassador’s car ZIM 1 was ambushed by Zimbabwean exiles picketing Zanu PF’s fundraising conference in the heart of London’s financial district.
 
The minister’s taxi was backed up by other cars so was unable to escape the one way road and he had to wait until the demonstrators were lifted bodily by the police to clear the way.
 
The demonstration at the conference began before 8 am and ended at about 7 pm. Chinamasa was expected back for the last session but did not reappear, having failed by diplomatic car and taxi and declining a bicycle on grounds of corpulence,
 
Sources at the conference told the Zimbabwe Vigil that Chinamasa had been challenged by Professor Stephen Chan of the School of Oriental and African Studies: ‘Why are you begging money from the British government’.
 
Tendai Biti, the coalition’s finance minister who expressed support for our demonstration when he arrived, is said to have told Chinamasa bluntly that he was lying.
 
Zimbabwe Vigil supporters and others from ZAPU and MDC agreed to hold another demonstration outside the Zimbabwe Embassy from 10.30 – 12 noon on Wednesday 6th July in response to the myflag call for ‘Shut Down Zimbabwe. They are calling for everyone to stay at home but in our case we won’t stay at home but will be outside the Zimbabwe Embassy in solidarity with our families at home.
 
For videos of today’s protest check:https://www.facebook.com/www.rohrzimbabwe.org/videos?fref=photo

A full report on the week’s events will be given in the diary on Saturday.
 
Chinamasa confronted again – Tuesday 5th July 2016 PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 05 July 2016 12:39
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Zimbabwean demonstrators confronted Mugabe’s Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa for the second time in two days when he arrived for a money-raising conference in London on Tuesday.
 
Chinamasa was driven up at about 8 am to a side door of the conference venue in the financial district. If he thought he would evade Vigil protesters he was mistaken.
 
Vigil co-ordinator Fungayi Mabhunu spotted ZIM 1, the Ambassador’s car, and when Chinamasa got out Fungayi demanded to know what he had done with the $15 billion Mugabe says has disappeared from diamond revenues. ‘He was really shaken’, said Fungayi.
 
The Vigil was congratulated on its work by former coalition finance minister Tendai Biti. ‘Well done guys you are doing a good job’, he said when he arrived for the conference. He was happy to be photographed with us and took a bundle of our leaflets to hand out at the meeting.
 
Congratulations also came from Zimbabwean journalist Peta Thorneycroft who was covering the conference which Zanu PF hopes will help get loans and investment to make up for the $15 billion it has looted.
 
The Vigil hears that at Monday’s meeting at Chatham House international affairs think tank in London  Chinamasa had no answers to questions put to him. ‘He was arrogant and rude’, our source said.
 
As the protest got underway Fungayi received the following WhatsApp message:
 
‘05/07/2016, 11:13 MESSAGE FROM ZRP OFFICER:
I am a member of the security forces at a very high level. I want to assure Zimbabweans that the generality of the security forces are all with you. We have seen our bosses panicking. We are having a lot of pressure coming from the first family more than from our bosses. The security forces resources are too little and the personnel resources are too demotivated to be in the street fighting the same people who didn't only kept us going but also give us accommodation. Who are we without the masses. We rent your houses. We use your free transport to go to work. Our teargas banks are very dwindled and the government knows that we cannot last a week, Our cars are broken down, we only have a few and we all know you will burn them down soon, We have no reason to be fighting the people whom we are meant to be protecting. Please don't beat these young police officers unless they threaten or beat you up. Personally I urge you to continue protesting peacefully, return violence where u are provoked.  Target minister private businesses. The few police officers injured will make it clear to others that they should stop hitting people. We will need nurses to look after us yet we are beating them and harassing. We need teachers to teach our children well in class yet we are beating and harassing us. We know we only got paid before you because we are used to protect this corrupt government. The terrible corruption going on in the roadblocks is a disgrace for most of us in police, but it's a enrichment tool for few bosses. We want to be a respectful force. We need this reform the masses of Zimbabwe have initiated. Zimbabwe Republic Police force can not control Harare if you the people of Zimbabwe decide to protest from all Harare locations, how can we control the whole country on protest--- the bosses know. Politicians are not sleeping. Mpoko is afraid he is the easiest target. Mnangagwa is very reluctant to advise because Mugabe does not listen. Grace have started preparing for exile, they are afraid and they know the sooner they run away the better. Keep going out brothers and sisters. The country has no money. The security forces will not be paid this month because chinamasa could not get loans from Europe. And chinamasa coming empty handed will make Mugabe and his family start shaking. Trust me. Don't lose hope. Genuine police are all behind you. I am one of them. Don't kill us we love you. We are part of you. Yes return fight for those who are assaulting civilian. Watch the situation, you will realise that some police officers will not beat people even when some are beating. Do not loot private businesses. Don't let police take some protesters easy, fight and get them free. Thank you. Please share this messages. From a high rank ZRP’
 
For video of the Vigil confronting Chinamasa at Chatham House check: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xz9L0dL9aUs. There will be a fuller report on today’s events later.
 
 
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